Crescent Sock Company is a 121-year-old sock mill in rural Niota, Tennessee. Founded to create jobs in its small community, it is now managed by the fourth generation of the founder, Cathy Allen, with support from her sister, Sandra Boyd, and nearly 100 employees. Strategically located near the train depot, the location was optimal for
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Client Success Stories
From the Court to the Chair: Legacy Barbershop
After committing to Middle Tennessee State University on a basketball scholarship in 2017, Gregory Dixon, founder and owner of Legacy Barbershop, anticipated being in the business of sports, not haircutting. Due to an injury before his season started, Gregory decided it was time to shift in a different direction and picked back up his old
Rooted in Style: The Success of A Natural Affair
Following a seed of inspiration planted by her mother, TaKeisha Berry-Brooks decided to shift her career focus from hair stylist to full-time business owner when she opened A Natural Affair Beauty Lounge in Memphis, Tennessee in 2008. After witnessing her mother’s own natural hair journey, TaKeisha wanted to cultivate a space to serve clients with
Sip Sip, Hooray! How The Nashville Small Business Recovery Fund Helped Perfectly Cordial Scale
After owning a Nashville bartending service for several years, Rhonda Cammon found a recurring theme in her customer base: customers wanted the experience of drinking exciting craft beverages without the alcohol. Leaning into her past work in hospitality, Rhonda brought to the table exactly what her customers needed, and in 2019 Perfectly Cordial was born.